DAYS OF WONDER

Annis Joslin/ Seo Hye Lee with Screen Archive South East

Days of Wonder was a free festival of creativity, installations and experiments for all ages celebrating the magic of early cinema and filmmaking that took place in Hove Museum and Art Gallery.

Photo credit: Jim Kirby
Photo credit: Jim Kirby

For three days in February, Hove Museum & Art Gallery was packed exhibitions, workshops and talks to enable visitors to:

  • learn more about the museum’s film and media collection

  • discover the innovations of Hove film pioneers

  • experiment with techniques that led to contemporary filmmaking

Photo credit: Jim Kirby

Annis Joslin/ Seo Hye Lee with Screen Archive South East

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Artists Annis Joslin and Seo Hye Lee led a series of workshops, One Minute Wonders, inspired by early film’s limited footage. Participants created collaborative films in response to Hove’s early film pioneers and the game ‘Consequences’, resulting in a mystery film created by everyone involved. 

 

Participants could experiment with turntable zoetropes, collage with film images, or add subtitles to create new narratives for films.

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Artist Laura Kloss bought her giant zoetrope for visitors to interact with as well as and turning their drawings into moving pictures. Visitors learnt about creating moving images from still images, made their own mini zoetropes to take away and found out how this Victorian optical toy inspired early filmmaking.

Photo credits: Jim Kirby

Days of Wonder is produced by videoclub and Corridor in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust with support from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Film Hub South East, Screen Archive South East and The Arts Society East Sussex.

Film history expert, Alexia Lazou, delivered magic lantern slide-making workshops, using original Victorian designs as inspiration. Participants created new slides to be projected with magic lantern slide projectors.

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A programme of early film by pioneer filmmakers from Brighton & Hove can be watched in Gallery 3 at the Museum. Including films by George Albert Smith and James Williamson, who both lived and worked in Hove, and started making films in the 1890s. Both made great advances in filmmaking, including editing techniques, the close-up, use of locations and sets, and developing film narratives.

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